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NFC Forum releases tech specs for download

NFC ForumThe NFC Forum launched on Wednesday a set of nine free technical specifications available for public download in an effort to bolster NFC products and services.

The nine new specifications bring the total completed by the NFC Forum to 21. ABI Research, according to the NFC Forum, estimates that more than 500 NFC-enabled devices will reach the market this year.

Updated specifications include activity technical specification version 1.1; connection handover technical specification version 1.3; controller interface technical specification version 1.1.; digital protocol specification version 1.1; logical link control protocol specification version 1.2; and forum type 1/2/3/4 tags.

“Our NFC Forum specifications are living resources that must evolve to stay ahead of the changing needs of the rapidly expanding NFC ecosystem,” Koichi Tagawa, the chairman of the NFC Forum, which was founded in 2004 by mobile communications, semiconductor and consumer electronics firms, said. “These newly updated specifications demonstrate how diligently our Technical Committee and its Working Groups strive to implement and distribute revisions that deliver greater value to NFC developers and solution providers.”

The new specifications incorporate comments received through public feedback. NFC, which is already in use around the world, allows for contactless card use and payments.

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